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DHS Responds: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, helping detect and slow the spread of the virus, and making the vaccine available to as many people as possible.

Throughout the pandemic, DHS has worked with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

Overview of DHS Response

As part of the Department-wide, layered response, all DHS components and offices are actively working to protect the nation.

Coronavirus Stability Calculator

DHS Science & Technology has developed an online calculator for predicting the decay of the virus that causes Coronavirus (COVID-19).

How Tax Dollars Are Being Spent

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires all United States government agencies to publicly report how tax dollars assigned by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were spent on behalf of the American public. Spending includes resources from the CARES Act and other relief bills. Details regarding spending are available on

Additionally, under the CARES Act, Congress mandated U.S. government agencies publicly disclose plans regarding future spending of Coronavirus relief funds.

Vaccine Support

FEMA continues to support the White House COVID-19 Response Plan by working with the CDC and other federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.

Protecting Travelers and the American Public

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to adjust its security operations during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and TSA provides resources and information to assist passengers who travel during this time. TSA is ready to meet the current and future security needs of the nation’s transportation systems and remains dedicated to keeping travelers and our frontline workforce healthy and secure.

Starting Monday, November 8, 2021, new requirements will go into effect for travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry (POEs) and ferry terminals. For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason (i.e., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinated and can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.  Unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the border for essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes.

Protecting the DHS Workforce

The Department of Homeland Security is working very closely with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies, public health officials, and all DHS components to implement public health control measures related to travelers from the affected regions and to implement appropriate workforce health and safety measures for the DHS workforce.

Rumor Control

Do your part to the stop the spread of rumors by doing three easy things:

  1. Find trusted sources of information.
  2. Share information from trusted sources.
  3. Discourage others from sharing information from unverified sources.

To find trusted sources, look for information from official public health and safety authorities. Visit the CDC Coronavirus page to find many official sources. Check your state and local government or emergency management websites and social media accounts for trusted information specific to your area. On social media, be sure to check for a blue verified badge next to the account name, which indicates it's an official account.

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

FEMA also helps the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Select a category:

Media Gallery

Press Releases, Fact Sheets, & Notices

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Last Published Date: January 21, 2022

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